These Britons produce, consume and share their electricity [Vidéo] – To reduce their energy bills, these territories have ideas

  • 1 What is Partag’elec?

  • It’s a short circuit of renewable electricity. A community produces and self-consumes part of the energy for its needs, then injects the rest into the local grid. In Morbihan, 14 projects have been completed or are under development under the leadership of Morbihan Énergies. They refer, at the moment, to 350 consumer households who live within a radius of 2 km from a photovoltaic plant of moderate power installed for the occasion. The union is pumping €1.70 million into it, co-financed by 40% of European Feder funds.

  • 2 Two invoices and a guaranteed price

  • Consumers benefit from electricity at a guaranteed price for twenty years. It is approximately 6 euro cents excluding taxes per kWh. With the electricity transmission toll on the grid, the bill rises to 14-15 cents. They have double billing, one for gross kWh, another for kWh identified by their supplier at a regulated tariff (17 cents at EDF) or not.

  • 3 An intention to share

  • “For years we have had the individual self-consumption model and the resale of surplus energy produced for the grid. We wanted to work on a more successful model: I produce and consume locally and benefit the citizens and companies located around the factory”, summarizes Didier Arz, general manager of the Morbihan Energies union.

    This photovoltaic tracker located on the premises of Vraie-Croix’s technical services contributes to the supply of local electricity to ten community buildings, a home for the elderly and the inhabitants of the village. (The Telegram/Bruno Salaün)
  • 4 The motivations for La Vraie-Croix

  • “What motivates me is to consume renewable energy produced here, it’s not the financial side – we’ll see what it generates as an economy – it’s the citizen approach”, guarantees Dominique Rouillé, from one of the seven consumer-actor families of La Vraie-Croix, from the 16 expected from the start.

    This retiree lives 700 m from a 22 kWp photovoltaic tracker that is located on the premises of the municipal workshops. “It should produce 38,000 kWh per year, equivalent to the consumption of 15 homes excluding heating. Ten community buildings and a home for the elderly are connected from May to June”, describes Pascal Guiblin, mayor of this commune of 1,500 souls. “We shouldn’t expect a big reduction in the energy bill, but the less we pump nuclear energy, the better. It is still difficult to convince”, says the elected official.

    We are waiting for the local account, but we have already seen that our classic account has halved from €110 to €50 per month.

    “We are waiting for the local account, but we have already noticed that our classic account has halved from €110 to €50 per month. It changes our uses: for example, for the washing machine, we keep the tracker production during the day”, says Floria Froehly, who lives with her family with her husband and three children. “It was financially and technically complicated to invest in solar panels ourselves. We find this green energy produced and consumed locally interesting. It is quite virtuous”, adds the 30-year-old.

    Electric car being recharged at a terminal powered by a photovoltaic plant located on part of the roof and garage of the technical service center of the city of Guidel (56).
    Electric car being recharged at a terminal powered by a photovoltaic plant located on part of the roof and a shade house of the technical service center of the city of Guidel (56). (The Telegram/Bruno Salaün)
  • 5 guide attempts to keep up with demand

  • In Guidel, 30 families and two companies are currently “connected” to the photovoltaic plant (shade and roof) leased by Morbihan Energies for technical services. Its total power of 140 kWp is expected to produce 146,000 kWh/year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of 59 homes, excluding heating. “There are times when we will produce a lot and inject a lot and others when we will consume all the production. We try to delay our uses. For example, we connect electric vehicles to our two charging stations during the day when the plant is producing, this also goes for our heating cabinets”, describes Pierre-Eric Sinquin, Technical Services Manager.

    With rising energy prices, we have been in increasing demand since we launched this project in June.

    Elected Christian Guéguen goes further: “We are considering a shade shelter in a skate-park project and photovoltaic panels on the 800 m2 roof of a bowling alley. It will also be a way to meet demand, as with the increase in energy prices, we are in increasing demand since we launched this project in June,” he says.

    The photovoltaic panels, mounted in series on part of the roof of this workshop and the offices of the technical services in the city of Guidel (56), automatically produce renewable electricity.
    The photovoltaic panels, mounted in series on a part of the roof of this workshop and in the offices of the technical services of the city of Guidel (56), produce renewable electricity that is self-consumed locally. (The Telegram/Bruno Salaün)
  • 6 What’s Next?

  • “We will propose to municipalities the industrialization of the approach launched in these fourteen projects, with energy prices likely to be higher and the search for target prices taking into account inflationary trends. We will also enter into a logic of co-investment with the municipalities from 2024 onwards. There may be a ten-year indexation”, predicts Didier Arz.

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